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YMMV: Laurel and Hardy
  • Awesome Music: Neil Brand's score for You're Darn Tootin', written for the 2006 documentary "Paul Merton's Silent Clowns".
  • He Really Can Act: Stan Laurel as Lord Paddington in A Chump at Oxford. Oliver Hardy alongside John Wayne in The Fighting Kentuckian.
  • Ho Yay: Yes, but really only by today's standards; the notion that "close friends of the same sex = homosexual tension" is a modern idea that would have never occurred to Stan and Babe.
    • However, the silent short Liberty involves them breaking out of prison, changing out of their uniforms and into civilian clothes, getting each other's pants by mistake, and then repeatedly being caught in public dropping their pants while trying to swap them, leading to hilarious amounts of Not What It Looks Like.
    • And at the end of Our Wife Stan and Ollie do somehow end up married. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Especially in one scene in Beau Hunks where Ollie caresses Stan's foot, thinking that it's his foot. Then it starts getting hilarious when he blows on Stan's toes for no reason.
    • In Busy Bodies, Stan tries to get Ollie's hands out of a wooden window frame, and it looks like he's twerking the camera.
  • Iron Woobie: Stan. He goes through HUGE amounts of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of Ollie, and yet is still patient and often retaliates in a tit-for-tat way.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Ollie dies for real in the Flying Deuces. Cut to Stan, now poor, wandering along a country lane...then comes Ollie reincarnated as a (rather cross) horse.
  • Magnum Opus: The Music Box for the duo-Laurel even considered it the best out of all the 106 films they made, and many fans agree. Big Business could also qualify as their best silent effort, or Two Tars. And Way Out West or Sons of the Desert can qualify for the best of their feature films.
  • Memetic Mutation: Stan's "magic thumb lighter" from Way Out West is the subject of many fanart. Similarly is a well known picture of the duo putting their fingers to their mouths to say "SSH!"-It even provides the main page image!
    • The dance the two do in Way Out West has been remixed several times on Youtube.
    • "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
    • From Brats: "You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead."
  • Moe: Stan for the most part, due to his adorable smile and the fact that he is the more child-like of the duo. Ollie could also be regarded as a big, cuddly, very grumpy teddy bear.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: An in-universe example-in Beau Hunks, it's the sound of Laurel and Hardy coming to help the trapped and heavily outnumbered troops at Fort Arid.
  • Older Than They Think: Long before anyone had heard of Homer Simpson, the exasperated cry of "D'oh!" was a trademark of frequent L&H foil Jimmy Finlayson.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Subverted-despite the films being made in the 20s and 30s, chances are that if you show one of their best works to groups of teenagers, adults or children who have never seen them before, they'll all be laughing within a few minutes.
  • Values Dissonance: Bonnie Scotland has not aged well at all-it was set during a time when the British Empire still ruled, and it shows the mutinying Indians as evil villains, when they were in fact fighting against British racism themselves. Similarly, Pardon Us has the boys donning blackface makeup to hide on a (rather happy) cotton plantation, of all things.

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